Title page for ETD etd-09052009-040211


Type of Document Master's Thesis
Author Andrews, Jeffrey Adam
URN etd-09052009-040211
Title Soil productivity model to assess forest site quality on reclaimed surface mines
Degree Master of Science
Department Forestry
Advisory Committee
Advisor Name Title
Burger, James A. Committee Co-Chair
Johnson, James E. Committee Co-Chair
Keywords
  • Strip mining
Date of Defense 1992-12-12
Availability restricted
Abstract

The Surface Mining Control and Reclamation Act (SMCRA) of 1977 requires that mine operators reclaim mined land to achieve productivity levels equal to or greater than premined conditions. Presently, the standard for evaluating reforestation success is based solely on tree-seedling survival. This method is an estimator of stand density and not an indication of site productivity. There exists a need to evaluate mine soils based on their capability of growing merchantable timber. This model would aid the reclamation process by providing a means for assessing mine soils based on their quality and productivity.

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